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Ubisoft announced that the survival-horror game ZombiU is rising again, this time for the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One.

The game will also be dropping the “U” from it’s title, and simply just be called Zombi.

Zombi will be a heavily updated version of the former Wii U exclusive, including two new melee weapons, a wider field of vision, and other gameplay tweaks such as a rechargeable flashlight battery. The game will also get a graphics update, and port over the real-time inventory system that made ZombiU feel claustrophobic, as death can happen while you rummage through your backpack.

Since ZombiU was built with the Wii U gamepad in mind, Ubisoft is attempting to focus on different features for Zombi, including a heavier emphasis on solo play. “We knew from the beginning that maintaining the tension and feel of the original was one of the main challenges, as the way ZombiU was presented on Wii U cannot be reproduced.” stated Zombi producer Hélène Henry on a Ubisoft blog.

One of the ways around this is to make Zombi a HUD-less experience, disappearing when its not required by the player. This would offer a more “lonely feeling” according to Henry. The games controls are also being fine-tuned to match the more conventional controller experience on the other consoles.

“A lot of time was spent getting the controls mapped as intuitively as possible, to keep the original atmosphere,” said Henry.

ZombiU’s multiplayer mode will not be ported over, however, leaving Zombi as a single-player game only. Ubisoft has also not stated if these gameplay tweaks for Zombi will show up for ZombiU either.

What is known, however, is that Zombi will be available for the Xbox One and Playstation 4 starting August 18th.

So what do you think, is more Zombi a good thing? Will the changes be good, or bad compared to the Wii U version? Leave your comments below. 

 


Robert Grosso

Staff Writer

A game playing, college teaching, erudite-minded scholar who happens to write some articles every so often. Have worked as a journalist, critic, educator and blogger for over five years now, with articles published (as user editorials) on Game Revolution and Giant Bomb as well as a contributor for the websites Angry Bananas and Blistered Thumbs. Now making TechRaptor my home.